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Mediating and moderating effects of learned resourcefulness on depressive symptoms and positive ideation in hospital nurses in Taiwan

Authors

  • Chun-Chih Chung,

    1. Department of Business Development, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan
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    • Deputy Director.

  • Mei-Feng Lin,

    1. Department of Nursing, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan
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    • Associate Professor.

  • Yung-Chieh Ching,

    1. Department of Nursing, Taipei Medical University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan
    2. School of Nursing, College of Nursing, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan
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    • Head Nurse and Assistant Professor.

  • Ching-Chiu Kao,

    1. School of Nursing, College of Nursing, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan
    2. Department of Nursing, Wan Fang Hospital, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan
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    • Instructor and Deputy Superintendent.

  • Yi-Ying Chou,

    1. School of Nursing, College of Nursing, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan
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    • Research Assistant.

  • Ping-Hui Ho,

    1. School of Nursing, College of Nursing, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan
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    • Research Assistant.

  • Hsiu-Ju Chang

    Corresponding author
    1. School of Nursing, College of Nursing, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan
    • School of Nursing, College of Nursing, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan
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    • Associate Professor.


  • We thank Taipei Medical University Hospital for providing financial support and are grateful to the nurses who participated in this study. A grant (GH8103) from Taipei Medical University Hospital supported this study.

Abstract

Learned resourcefulness (LR) is important in facilitating mental health in individuals experiencing depression, and positive ideation plays a further protective role in the prevention of suicidal ideation. The purpose of this study was to explore whether LR mediates or moderates the relationship between depressive symptoms and positive ideation in hospital nurses. Participants were 807 full-time hospital nurses. The relationship between depressive symptoms and positive ideation was both mediated and moderated by LR after controlling for age, job title, and marital status. Continuing education and counseling strategies may increase nurses' LR and thereby enhance positive ideation and reduce risk of depression and suicide. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 35:576–588, 2012

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